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Florida seeks comments on anchorage-rights program

Anchorage rights have become a contentious issue, with multiple coastal cities enacting very short anchorage times.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking for public comment on the pilot mooring and anchoring programs it has operated in multiple cities during the last three years.

Anchorage rights have become a contentious issue, with multiple coastal cities enacting very short anchorage times, some as short as seven days, after complaints from waterfront land owners, the National Marine Manufacturers Association said.

“The public’s input regarding the effectiveness of the pilot programs, as well as their comments on anchorage restrictions, will be very important as the FWC considers recommendations to legislators during the 2017 state legislative session,” according to the NMMA newsletter Currents.

The legislature is expected to consider laws restricting anchorage in 2017.

A link to the 10-minute survey can be found here.

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